User Profile for Desiderata
Humulus Lupulus
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Shirley
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"Like I always say...Euros are like sex with a German hooker- cheap, mechanical, meaningless, brief, and there's a language barrier." -Michael Barnes.
God Bless German hookers!

My Top 10 are my current favorite games (it fluctuates periodically). My Hot 10 are the games I most want to play. I use the BGG rating system, so anything I rate 7 and above, I'm usually happy to play.

I prefer to play *good boardgames repeatedly rather than play new games only once or twice. I don't mind learning a new game every now and then, but usually only ones I'm very interested in learning.

*admittedly very subjective

What I like in boardgames:
-cerebral
-offers difficult decisions; tension; scarcity (of actions, resources)
-wooden cubes, discs and cylinders (Suck it, Tom Vasel )
-interesting educational or mature theme
-various paths to victory (so not all players are doing the same thing)
-engine-building
-replayability
-card-driven wargames (CDGs)
-historical scenarios
-player interaction (as opposed to multi-player solitaire)

What I dislike in boardgames:
-excessive spatial elements (i.e. Mutant Meeples, Dungeon Twister)
-excessive negotiation (Diplomacy, Intrigue, Genoa)
-party games (although I can tolerate them on occasion)
-plastic components, unless painted devil
-meeples or shaped pieces (I prefer counters, or discs with stickers)
-lengthy downtime
-cheesy adolescent themes (anything Games Workshop, Killer Bunnies, etc)
-oversized box or excessive components/insert
-excessive chaos (Vanuatu, Colonialism, Dominant Species)

There are some games in the former category that I dislike, and some games in the latter that I like (WotR, Merchants & Marauders). That being said, as a general rule, these hold true.

Themes that I have zero interest in, despite me being a geek:
-Zombies
-Warhammer 40K, WH Fantasy, WH anything
-Steam Punk
-Cthuhlu
-Star Wars

One quick comment about CDGs. In addition to the enjoyable gameplay mechanics of having multiple uses for cards, I appreciate that they allow for the game rules to be manageable while using the event cards to incorporate most of the historical detail.

A quick note on trading. I tend to toss box inserts (especially ones that are near useless), so if they are important to you, then ask. Otherwise, you might not want to trade for my games. If I have a game listed for trade, then I'll probably be open to selling it as well. If I don't have it listed for sell on BGG, feel free to make an offer. Thanks.
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User Details for Desiderata
Registration Date: 2008-02-16
Last Profile Update: 2016-01-30
Last Login: 2016-02-10
Country: flag United States
State: Massachusetts
Town/City: Shirley
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Collection Summary for Desiderata
Board Game
Owned   126
Previously Owned   67
For Trade   55
Want In Trade   11
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   65
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   511
Has Parts   6
Want Parts   4
All   627
Board Game Expansion
Owned   17
Previously Owned   1
For Trade   6
Want In Trade   7
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   18
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   40
Has Parts   1
Want Parts   0
All   66
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Fandom
Board Game 12
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Board Game Artist 3
Board Game Implementation 1
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For Sale 30
Sold 14
Rating 10
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Board Game Ratings 558
Average Rating 6.09
10 9   (1.6%)
9 21   (3.8%)
8 63   (11.3%)
7 150   (26.9%)
6 169   (30.3%)
5 77   (13.8%)
4 35   (6.3%)
3 22   (3.9%)
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Average Rating 7.08
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Top 10
#1: Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?
#2: War of the Ring (second edition)
#3: Successors (third edition)
#4: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage
#5: Earth Reborn
#6: Washington's War
#7: Mage Knight Board Game
#8: Clash of Cultures
#9: Steam
#10: Maria
Hot 10
#1: Successors (third edition)
#2: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage
#3: Wilderness War
#4: Sword of Rome
#5: Arkwright
#6: Axis & Allies Anniversary Edition
#7: Washington's War
#8: Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?
#9: Fields of Fire
#10: For the People
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